Native English Language Editor

Vacancy Number: 186 /Pr-2011


Location : Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Application Deadline : 03 October 2011
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Reference to   the project :

MDG Governance in Action: Regional Meeting on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Period of assignment/services: 1 week
Terms of Reference 3  
Individual Consultant Procurement Notice 2  
Personal History Form (P11) 1  
UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract 1  

Proposal should be submitted at the following email to with the mark "186 /Pr-2011 Native English Language Editor" in the subject field.

Important: Applications without the Financial proposal will be disqualified.



The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the United Nations which started in April 2008 and consisting of the review of the human rights practices of all States in the world, once every four years. However, the follow-up of the UPR recommendations is the most critical and important phase of the whole UPR process as it is the one leading to the realization of the UPR objective that is the "improvement of the human rights situation on the ground". The success of this phase will also determine the efficiency and credibility of the mechanism and demonstrate States’ engagement in the promotion and strengthening of human rights. This is also directly linked to the next cycle of UPR process which is commencing in 2012.
The proposed International Conference (Responding to the UPR Recommendations: Challenges, Innovation and Leadership) will take place from 4th to 5th November 2011 and will initiate the process of developing programming support for UNDP offices in 2012 and beyond. The Conference will provide an opportunity to interact, discuss, and exchange knowledge, ideas, and, practical examples from the field.  It will contribute to the deepening of understanding and capacities of National Governments, UNDP and OHCHR technical staff and senior managers in the efforts to support the implementation of the UPR recommendations at the country level.
In Europe and the CIS, all countries except Moldova and Tajikistan (scheduled in October) have already undergone the Universal Periodic Review of the human rights practices. The follow-up of the UPR recommendations is the most critical and important phase of the whole UPR process as it links to the “improvement of the human rights situation on the ground"

The main objective of the Conference is to raise awareness among the national governments and UN agencies on the challenges and examples of implementing UPR recommendations that are agreed by national governments. It will discuss good practices and lessons learned on the implementation modalities at the national level. The conference will focus on the importance of ensuring broad and open participation (mainly from NHRIs and civil society organizations) during the UPR follow-up phase. The conference will aim at identifying the roles that each actor is meant to play during the critical phase of implementing the recommendations of the UPR.

For more details, please read the Terms of Reference and Individual Consultant Procurement Notice.



In order to achieve the objectives the contractor shall:

  • work under direct supervision of the UNDP/OHCHR Focal Point on UPR Conference and will be responsible for but not limited to edit the report on the UPR Conference in English and deliver it by 10th December 2011



I. Academic Qualifications: University degree in foreign languages, public administration, international relations, law or other related field and desirable 4 years working experience in editing;
II. Years of experience:  Strong demonstrated experience in editing reports in English at least four years of relevant professional experience
III. Competencies:

  • Experience in editing in English;
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated experience in working independently
  • Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, consulting company, or NGO is a strong advantage
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) and experience in handling web-based management systems.
  • Adheres to the core values of the United Nations; in particular, is respectful of differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other statusExperience in strategic planning and analysis for policy;



Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
1. Proposal:

  • Cover Letter addressing the criteria above

2. Financial proposal

  • Financial offer (fee per day in USD , number of working days, travel expenses and per diems-if applicable)

3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references


Financial proposal


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.